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Catalog 2017-18 
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Community Paramedic

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Program Description

This course provides training for students who are already Paramedics with 2 years of experience to become Community Paramedics.  They will learn new ways to be proactive in helping community residents maintain good health in order to provide a safe alternative to ambulance transport.

Community Paramedics evaluate community services, identify gaps in service, and navigate systems to better serve the citizens of their community and decrease emergency visits in their particular community.  They help individuals and communities to overcome barriers which prevent them from accessing and benefitting from health services.  They serve as community brokers and resource coordinators.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)

Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities

Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition

Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

15-20 weeks

Program Requirements

Licensed Paramedic with a minimum of 2 years of experience

Application Process

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



Prerequisites (if applicable):

AHL 932

Mental Health First Aid


Book provided and included in course costs.



Course Series:

AHL 930

Community Paramedic Course





Course Series & Prerequisite Totals:





Additional Information

Skills for Success:

See Technical Standards at the end of this document.


Career Opportunities:

Community Paramedic

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Program Contact Information


Kerry Cleaver                 


Essex, HTEC 013

Administrative Assistant:  

Nancy Laubach            


Essex, HTEC 013

Technical Standards

Technical Standards for Community Paramedic
Community Paramedics mentor and empower citizens and communities to achieve positive health outcomes, and to reach optimal levels of wellness.  Following is a partial listing of the types of skills typically required for adequate job performance:

Physical Requirements:
A.    Coordination sufficient to perform tasks such as:

  •     Adjusting actions in relation to others’ reactions
  •     Attending community meetings or health fairs to understand community issues or build relationships with community members 
  •     Distribute flyers, brochures or other informational or educational documents to inform members of a targeted community

B.    Adequate vision to:

  •     See details at close range (within a few feet of the person)
  •     Read instruction sheets and computer screens

C.    Sufficient hearing to:

  •     Perform active listening, giving full attention to what other people are saying, and asking questions as appropriate

D.    Sufficient speech clarity to:

  •     Speak clearly so others can understand you
  •     Identify and understand the speech of another person

E.    Apply infection control techniques (as needed)

Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:
A.    Have the ability to: 

  •     Perform for or work directly with the public, including receiving clients or guests.
  •     Identify and/or contact, in person, by phone, or in writing, members of high-risk or otherwise targeted groups, including members of minority populations, low-income populations, or pregnant women, to ensure they have completed required or recommended actions
  •     Interact in a professional manner with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds
  •     Respect and protect patient rights and confidentiality without regard to personal beliefs and judgments
  •     Be attuned to potential problems; able to recognize when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong

B.    Sufficient communication skills to:

  •     Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  •     Carry out all written and verbal instructions
  •     Follow proper channels of communication 
  •     Communicate in a calm and professional manner
  •     Communicate clearly and effectively to any team members regarding issues that may be difficult to address 
  •     Read and understand information and ideas presenting in writing
  •     Communicate information and ideas when speaking so others will understand
  •     Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
  •     Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing
  •     Interpret the meaning of information for others — translate or explain what information means and how it can be used

C.    Establish and maintain interpersonal relationships:

  •     Develop and maintain constructive and cooperative working relationships with others

D.    Sufficient professional skills to:

  •     Develop specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work
  •     Communicate with supervisors, peers, and/or subordinates, providing information by telephone, in writing, e-mail, and/or in person
  •     Pay close attention to detail and recordkeeping
  •     Document information - enter, transcribe, record, store, and maintain information in written or electronic/magnetic form
  •     Work with computers and computer systems, using hardware and software, to set up functions, enter data, and/or process information
  •     Accurately utilize all resource material available to remain current in the profession, including attending departmental in-service training

Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:

  •     Maintain updated client records with plans, notes, appropriate forms, or related information
  •     Advise clients or community groups on issues related to improving general health, such as diet or exercise
  •     Refer community members to needed health services
  •     Be service oriented - actively look for ways to help people
  •     Use critical thinking, logic, and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  •     Practice active learning - understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  •     Maintain calm during emergency situations
  •     Accept feedback from others

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